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Dim Sum: A Survival Guide

By: Liza Chu

Siu mai, har gow, jar leung, sin jok guen. These are all types of dim sum. But do you know what they look like, and what’s in them? Can you pronounce their names in Cantonese, or recognize them on a menu? Can you confidently order dim sum for you and your friends — especially if any of them have dietary restrictions?

Australian-Chinese writer Liza Chu has a part-time career as a Hong Kong dim sum guide. She has distilled her knowledge of Cantonese cuisine and Chinese dining etiquette into this practical guidebook to delicious dim sum. Each photographed dish is identified with Chinese characters and a pronunciation guide. Icons alert those with allergies or special diets, and there’s a special listing of dim sum dishes most popular with children. Master chefs explain their cooking methods, and even the art of tea drinking is covered in detail.

'Dim Sum: A Survival Guide' is your passport to a world of adventurous – and delicious – dim sum.

– Dim sum is hard to prepare at home, so even most Chinese people prefer to eat out rather than cook it;

– This book enables diners to order from the Chinese menu, which usually contains many more dishes than the English one;

– Shows which dishes contain no pork, shellfish, etc., allowing people with allergies or special diets to try dim sum;

– Includes Chinese characters and a pronunciation guide;

– Can be used in Chinese restaurants all over the country

"Dim Sum: a survival guide" is available in US bookstores from August 2010; price US$9.95.

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